Car crashes into crowd, SXSW Festival
A drunk driver plowed into a crowd at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas early Thursday, killing two people and injuring several others, CNN reports.
The male driver, who has not been identified, was attempting to evade police at the time of the crash, and was charged with two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault by vehicle, according to CNN. Because the incident occurred in Texas, he could face the death penalty if convicted of the murder charges.
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A police officer attempted to initiate a DWI traffic stop with the vehicle shortly after 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, but the driver fled, swerving around several other cars and eventually turning the wrong way down a one-way street, Spin reports. The car crashed through a barricade on the street into a crowd of more than 20 people and kept going, hitting several parked cars before coming to a stop. The suspect attempted to flee on foot, and was stopped by police officers with a Taser and arrested, according to Spin.
The two fatalities were a man and a woman who were riding mopeds in the crowd. Their names have not been released.
The SXSW music and arts festival is held annually in Austin. This year's edition has featured appearances by Jay Z, Kanye West and Lady Gaga.